You’ve been waiting all summer for it, and now the time has come! That’s right, on this behemoth of an episode we’re giving you guys a full rundown of this year’s Anime Expo – an over four hour-long podcast to discuss over four days of events and activities! 

Joining me to go over all this goodness is VLordGTZ, co-host of Manga Mavericks @ Movies and editorial writer for All-Comic and Toonami Faithful, and the Shonen Sunday guru himself, Sakaki, webmaster of the Weekly Shonen Sunday talkback blog and twitter. At least, you’ll get to hear Sakaki about half an hour in – there was, unfortunately, a mishap where his audio wasn’t recording for the first hour of our conversation, so we had to trim down some of our earlier discussion points. If he hadn’t lost that first hour, you guys would be listening to a five hour-long podcast instead of a four hour-long one! But don’t you fret – you guys will start hearing Sakaki once we get to the really exciting stuff, from the Dr. Stone premiere onwards! 

Yes indeed, we cover the gamut of AX premieres and panels in this podcast, from the historic Japanese-language premiere of Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution to Ouran High School Host Club author Bisco Hatori’s first North American con appearance! Plus, we also give you the lowdown on the lines, the food, the convention center, the dealer’s hall and Artist Alley – almost everything and anything there is to know about what our Anime Expo 2019 experience was like! It was a lot of chaos, but did we have fun overall, and would we recommend you attending next year’s show? Listen and learn, as we explore the AX experience! 


00:22 – Intro 

AX Day 0 

03:09 – Picking Up Badges on Day -1
07:34 – Thoughts on Spider-Man: Far From Home
10:04 – Day 0 Badge Pick-Up & Visiting Kinokuniya
13:00 – Copyright Law & Inti Creates Panels
16:32 – Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer Dub Premiere

AX Day 1: Thursday, July 4th

30:06 – Getting Autograph Tickets, Wristbands, and Entering the LACC
43:57 – Getting Autographs from Hiroyuki Imaishi & the Trigger Team
52:22 – Dr. Stone Premiere
1:07:18 – Viz Media Panel
1:13:08 – Yen Press Panel
1:17:54 – Eating at AX
1:21:22 – The Frustrations of Finding Friends at AX
1:26:30 – Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution Premiere
1:50:50 – Kingdom Premiere 

AX Day 2: Friday, July 5th 

2:00:11 – The Dealer’s Hall & GKids Panel
2:09:12 – Fire Force Premiere
2:31:50 – Bisco Hatori Panel
2:38:43 – Promare Premiere & Trigger Panel
2:58:32 – Day 2 Wrap-Up 

AX Day 3: Saturday, July 6th

3:00:37 – Lupin III: Goemon’s Spray of Blood & Fujiko’s Lie Dub Premieres
3:17:23 – Sakaki’s Final Thoughts on AX
3:23:12 –  VLord’s Saturday Afternoon: Trigger Autographs & Anemone
3:26:25 – Sailor Moon Manga Kodansha Comics Panel
3:31:48 – Anemone: Eureka 7 Hi-Evolution 2 Premiere
3:35:49 – Studio Trigger Live-Drawing Panel
3:39:13 – Kengen Ashura Panel
3:44:59 – Tokyo Ghoul S Premiere 

AX Day 4: Sunday, July 7th

3:51:40 – Artist Alley
3:54:45 – Mother’s Basement Panel
3:55:38 – Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Exhibit
3:57:27 – Yoshihiro Ike Concert
3:59:04 – Post-Con Activities  

4:00:43 – AX 2019 Final Thoughts
4:09:20 – Wrap-Up

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About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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